Monday, March 22, 2010

Catching Up

I haven't done one of my long, pointless rambles in a while, so...

One thing I love about Britain is the dry humor. The story goes something like this: some rather dumb geeks claim that wearing hoods into public places such as government buildings is protected religious expression. In response to some very un-Jedi-like whinging, a corporate suit issues an awesome apology/take down:

"Jedis are very welcome to shop in our stores," he said, "although we would ask them to remove their hoods." On that point, the company noted that Jones seemed a little unclear on his own mythology. "Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless [in public] without ever going over to the Dark Side," the spokesperson continued, "and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood." Impressive, but the final blow was still to come: "If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they'll miss lots of special offers."

I have a hard time imagining some corporate drone in the states having the guts, not to mention the imagination, to issue a statement like that.

Speaking of take-downs, here is a collection of "devastating" climate changes in the US over the last hundred years. If they fail to awe and terrify you with the ferocious changes in climate, you're not alone.

"What's the difference between General Motors and California? California hasn't gone bankrupt. At least, not yet"

Another Friday, another 7 banks. At least the trend to smaller banks seems to be holding up; only one of the seven had over a billion in deposits. Sure, a billion bucks is a lot of money, but it's chump change compared to the size of banks going down a year ago. This made me sit up, though:

The pace of bank seizures this year is likely to accelerate in coming months, regulators have said, as losses mount on loans made for commercial property and development.

Was that thump another shoe dropping?

At least someone is showing some common sense in all these sexting cases. Too bad it's too late for the teens that have had their entire lives destroyed by over-zealous prosecutors. And I'm still trying to figure out by what definition that clothing that is routinely worn in public constitutes "partial nudity." Maybe they should wear socks with their bikinis so their ankles are covered....

And I should write something about health care "reform" but I think I will wait on that for another time.

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